Where do David Boren and Barry Switzer stand on the Gross Production Tax?

As our informed readers know, the big sticking point in this year’s Oklahoma budget crisis is the gross production tax.

Democrats, for the most part, want to go with the Kaiser Plan and see the tax raised from its current giveaway-rates to something along the lines of other fossil fuel-producing states. Republicans (a.k.a the ones who like to worship and appease our all-mighty and powerful Oil and Gas Industry Overlords) are divided into two categories:

Bill Cosby worksheet assigned to Nichols Hills Elementary students

It looks like someone forgot to throw away Janet Barresi’s favorite worksheets!

Over the weekend, we received an email from an Ogle Mole informing us that his son – a third grade student at Nichols Hills Elementary School – was given a reading comprehension assignment about famed comedian and serial rapist Bill Cosby.

Here’s the email:

My son is a 3rd grader at Nichols Hills Elementary, an Oklahoma City Public School. In his graded class work folder I noticed this article “Laughing with Bill Cosby.” There are a number of worksheets on American celebrities and public figures (e.g. Charles Schultz) but the inclusions of Cosby is funny to me in light of the state’s budget issues. How old is this workbook?

The worksheet was titled “Laughing With Bill Cosby?” Well, I guess that’s better than “Drinking Coffee With Bill Cosby!”

Yeah, that was probably an inappropriate joke.

The Ogle Mole attached the homework assignment. Check it out after the jump:

Is This A Great Oklahoma Podcast Or What? (Volume 6)

Another week, another list. Let’s keep things poppy this week and take a look at those shows that keep us grounded in the outside world of non Okie pop-culture.

The Okie Show ShowYOU LAUGH LIKE A GIRL! (feat. standup comics Melissa McGinnis & Julie Drake)

Hosted by Brian Gililand

The local entertainment industry does stuff that is not Thunder or Toby Keith related, believe it or not! Brian of Prairie Dog Pictures helps us explore the scene around the metro area. This episode, he chats with two local stand-up comics, and these aren’t just any comics: they’re lady comics. Melissa McGinnis and Julie Drake are here to give you the low down on being funny ladies here in OKC. Even though it is 2017, the world is still shocked that we women are able to crack jokes about something other than our periods (tbh, period jokes are just as funny as boner jokes).  Every episode features an improv game with Brian and his guest, and this is one is too hilarious to be missed.

The GoodTrash GenrecastManhunter

Hosted by Alexandra Bohannon, Dustin Sells, and Dalton Stuart

Monday Morning Tweets

Howdy, pardners! It was great seeing y’all at the TLO 10th Anniversary Party last Saturday. By that, I mean literally seeing you, since I didn’t really talk to anybody. I was the awkward dude in the Conway Twitty t-shirt sloppily scarfing down a smoked bologna sandwich and semi-responsibly sipping barrel-aged beer before going into my regular job for the night. Thanks to Patrick and Anthem Brewing for throwing the party. Maybe by the 20th Anniversary, we’ll finally be the Found Ogle’s…

Continental Resources sent Hamm Lemmings to protest at the Capitol…

Yesterday afternoon, a busload of oil and natural gas industry employees left the corporate high rises of downtown OKC to encourage lawmakers not to raise gross production taxes as part of a new budget agreement. I guess they don’t mind living in a hell hole as long as they have a job, gated community and can afford to send their kids to private schools.

Overall, the “protesters” put on a pretty good show. They clapped their hands, held up signs and reminded everyone that Oklahoma energy industry employees are a diverse lot of grateful, business-casual white people who will do whatever their employer asks.

Here’s a pic from Dale Denwalt:

Oil and gas votes too? I thought they just bought off politicians! No wonder this state is such a shit show.

The not-so-big secret about the protesters is that most of them arrived together on this bus: